General Overview and Overseer Listing
In accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth and regulations enacted by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the composition, duties and powers of the Salem State University Board of Trustees are articulated within the university's bylaws. The board is charged with the fiduciary management of the institution, including determination of fees, establishment of personnel management policy, staff services, and the general business of the institution. Among its responsibilities, the board elects the president with the approval of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, adopts an annual plan of financial operation, awards degrees in approved fields, and develops the mission statement for the university consistent with the mission of the Commonwealth's system of public higher education.
The board of trustees consists of 11 voting members. Ten members are appointed by the governor, at least two are alumni of the university and one of whom is elected thereto by the university alumni association. Elected alumni members shall be elected every five years. Members are appointed to serve for five year terms, but no member shall be appointed for more than two consecutive terms. Student members are elected by the student body and serve one year.
Regular meetings of the full board are held four times annually and are open to the public with the exception of executive sessions. Committees of the board convene prior to each open meeting and on an as-needed basis. The board currently has five standing committees: executive, academic affairs and student life, risk management and audit, finance and facilities, institutional advancement, marketing and communications. Meetings usually take place on the Salem State University campus.
- Jamie Zahlaway Belsito '96
- Cherié Butts, vice chair
- Teresa J. Chisholm
- Magnolia Contreras
- Mary DeSimone '76
- Elliot Katzman '78
- Rob Lutts, chair
- Paul Mattera
- Kathleen Murphy '75
- Ruthanne Russell '82
- Richeline “Richie” Cadet
SSU Trustee Community Open Forum Topics: If you'd like to suggest a question or topic for an upcoming full Board of Trustees meeting, please do so here.
Board Meeting Calendar
Academic Year 2021 - 2022
Committee Meetings – begin at 3pm unless otherwise noted
Wed, Sept. 29, 2021
*3:30 pm, Wed, Oct 13, 2021 (before the BOT meeting)
Wed, Nov 17, 2021
Wed, Jan 26, 2022
Wed, March 30, 2022
Wed, May 25, 2022
Board Meetings – begin at 5pm unless otherwise noted
Wed, Oct 13, 2021
Wed, Feb 9, 2022
Wed, Apr 13, 2022
Wed, June 8, 2022
TBD – Dec, 2021 – Off-site
TBD – March, 2022 – Student Government Assoc (SGA)
Posting of Meeting Agendas
Except in cases of emergency, final agendas with anticipated discussion topics are posted 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these meetings are currently held virtually. Login information will be provided within the posted agendas.
Public record requests should be sent to Rita Colucci, general counsel, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rita Colucci is also the designated records access officer (RAO) for Salem State University.